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Comment: Re:Boorish (Score 2) 388

by Richard_at_work (#49346375) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

How the fuck does that "make me wrong"? Because I didn't specify what nationality the "well known car manufacturer" was? In what world does your post contradict my post? It adds information (that Lexus is a brand of Toyota, a Japanese car manufacturer), but it doesnt negate any of the information in my post.

Or are you one of these people who always has to show that someone is "wrong", somehow, in some way?

Comment: Re:Modular design... (Score 1) 66

by Richard_at_work (#49346325) Attached to: Facebook Sued For Alleged Theft of Data Center Design

Congratulations on taking the standard Slashdot approach of taking such a broad view of the claim that you must be in orbit when considering the case.

BRG feels it can show in court that it can prove that Facebook was approached by BRG with its design methodology for modular data centres, that it can prove that Facebook went on to use BRGs design methodologies in a directly related project with agreement with BRG, and they also feel that they can prove that their design methodologies are special enough in the competitive space that they should fall under the protection of a court.

BRG isn't suing the thousands of other modular building companies out there. Just Facebook for this one, very defined case.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 2) 567

by Richard_at_work (#49346045) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Regarding overriding the autopilot system, not it is not - you do not "remove" the autopilot from "normal law", as that is the normal operating law and you cannot intentionally degrade to alternate law.

Flight laws have nothing to do with autopilot states or limits. They are flight system protections and limits.

The 15 degrees value you use is the protection that normal law gives the pilot when the pilot is in charge, it is not a limit on what inputs you can command using the side stick while the autopilot is on. 15 degrees is quite a steep nose down angle.

Lets not forget here that we are talking about the aircraft descending, which does not necessarily require it to have a nose down position. There are several ways in which to achieve a descent, most of them in a normal situation does not require side stick interaction.

Comment: Re:Boorish (Score 4, Informative) 388

by Richard_at_work (#49345283) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Actually, there are quite a few american cars that he has out and out loved on the show - he refused to get out of the Ford GT when he ran it dry (supposedly) on the track, and then bought one. He drove the Lexus LFA across Nevada and loved it. He drove the Shelby Mustang GT5000 across Europe and loved it. He drove the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor across British Columbia and loved it.

Those are just a few examples from the most recent few series.

Clarkson is positive about cars he finds he likes, and he is negative about cars he finds he dislikes. Plenty of both of those in the world - see how much he hates Peugeot if you think its a "hate on America" thing...

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 5, Interesting) 567

by Richard_at_work (#49344297) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident


Simply falling on this switch wouldnt cause it to change positions - it requires a deliberate act to do so, the switch requires a certain force to pull up and then move to one position or another, its not like accidentally changing channels on your TV because you sat on the remote.

Also, there is no button or switch he could have fallen on which would have caused the gradual descent that we know the aircraft took. Changing the auto pilot altimeter requires you to use a dial and then confirm the change in two separate actions. Any interaction with the side stick would require the auto pilot to be off, which would mean we should have seen a lot of other, large movements in the aircrafts path, which are completely missing from the telemetry we have at the moment.

The few commands that we see in the telemetry (and by telemetry I mean the transponder tracks, which cover speed, height and directional changes) indicate that the aircraft was under either the control of the pilot or the autopilot for the entire duration of the descent.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 5, Informative) 567

by Richard_at_work (#49344083) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Here is the pic of the switch in question:

In "normal" mode its set to allow the door to unlock when the external code is entered.

In "unlocked" mode, the door is completely unlocked.

In "locked" mode, the door is completely locked, the external code will not unlock it.

The action to move between the three states is a very deliberate one - you need to lift the switch up and move it, there is an infinitesimally small chance that it was engaged by accident.

Comment: Re:Most degrees from India... (Score 4, Insightful) 251

We have Indian applicants for the web developer jobs we have open at the moment, and invariably they all seem to have achieved degrees with honours in less than 2 years, often more than one degree in the same time. I refuse to believe that any degree achievable in less time than an equivalent UK degree is worth anything, let alone two.

And then, the number of those applicants who then claim to have achieved another major qualification in a London college or university in only a few months... Especially when you can link those London colleges to visa fraud stories in the national media.

It would take a lot for me to take an Indian graduate at face value.

Comment: Re:Competing with government-sanctioned monopolies (Score 2) 184

The main reason that distribution became a monopoly was due to the over crowding of spaces with dozens of companies running their lines - take a look at the following link for an example:

To stop the over crowding, power companies were forced to merge and de-clutter the streets.

Comment: Re:Hardware requirements? (Score 1) 194

by Richard_at_work (#49325771) Attached to: Pixar Releases Free Version of RenderMan

There are various stories around about how Pixar do their dailies, such as switching over every workstation each night to being part of the render cluster etc, and I wouldn't see how the need to do that has been done away recently with performance increases in workstation hardware. They also have dedicated rendering clusters.

Comment: Re:Ban teachers union (Score 1) 213

Oh, yay, unions had a place and that place was in the past. Your real point is what, exactly?

Today I don't have to join a union and I get treated fairly by the company I work for, and I can even engage in negotiations with that company without being fired. And I'm not forced to pay a union to treat me as a member of a herd rather than the individual I am.

So again, your point is what, exactly?

Comment: Re:Ban teachers union (Score 2) 213

I am not in a union, there isn't a union involved at all within the company I work for, and they have north of 350 employees.

We all negotiate our own pay scales, for which mine is above average because I am a valued worker and can negiotiate for myself, and we receive very good benefits (private health care, sports tickets, days away etc) for free.

Why do I need a union? I'm not impoverished, despite you saying I should be without a union...

But then again I'm in the UK.

What sucks in the US is the concept of "union shops" where you *have* to join the union, or at least pay union dues, regardless. You can't work there without paying the union their cut of your pay packet. That's bullshit right there. A union should not be able to stop either an employer or a employee from having a relationship which fully excludes the union. Being part of a union should be 100% voluntary.

Unions are the equivalent of dragging everyone down to the same common denominator - if you are a decent employee working for a decent employer, you lose more than you gain through being part of the union and unable to negotiate for yourself.

If you can't understand it, it is intuitively obvious.